Lays and Ballads of English History, Etc. By S.M.

Publisher: London: James Burns, [1856].
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL III, 549; Miles, the Poets and Poetry of the Century, volume 7, pages 327-340.
Condition: Edges and spine lettering rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 27501


12mo, contemporary green half calf, marbled paper boards, maroon morocco label, gilt rules and lettering. Frontis, pictorial title and one illustration.


The first book of poetry by the talented writer Menella Bute Smedley (1820-1877). "If the poet is born and not made, Miss Smedley was by nature a poet. Not only was she gifted with imagination and the power of verse, but she possessed in no slight measure the dramatic faculty" - Alexander Japp in Miles. Smedley was from a literary family. Among others, her brother was the popular novelist Frank Smedley. The frontispiece appears to be by John Tenniel.

Price: $375.00

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